Oldest English Writing Found on Saxon Brooch

News Telegraph: Four runes on an Anglo-Saxon brooch may be the oldest English writing found to date. Runes representing the letters N, E, I and M scratched on a bronze brooch may be the oldest form of English writing ever found. The brooch, which dates from 650 CE is among the million artifacts found at West Heslerton, England.

Archaeologist Dominic Powlesland said: "Only one or two other runic inscriptions from around this period have been found, but this is either the earliest or one of them. We have no idea what the letters mean, except that it would have been something in early English."

The site is the first Anglo-Saxon site to be excavated using modern techniques and the rich finds have led researchers to rethink their opinions of the "Dark Ages."

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